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review 2016-10-24 16:32
Live Wire (Blue-Eyed Bomb #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch
Live Wire (Blue-Eyed Bomb Book 1) - Amber Lynn Natusch

Sapphira did something by accident two years ago, and now she's changed her whole self in order to protect herself, and fight off what happened and how she's afraid it will happen again. The problem with that is she's not being treated by one of the family as her brothers are, and she has a lot more issues with her father now.

But, when the plan she's on with her family crashes, it opens up a new world for her, and now she must figure out what's going on and how she can fix it.

This book was pretty interesting. I liked the overall plot line, and I enjoyed most of the parts with the heroine and the human man. I didn't like Sapphira in the beginning though. I thought she was kind of a horrible person, even if she had her reasons. And I really wanted to know more about her brothers.

I don't think I will read more in this series, but this was a nice read to pass the time with and introduce the characters.

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review 2016-05-23 00:00
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon - Steve Sheinkin The rating is probably slightly unfair, as it really is a reasonable overview of the American and Soviet atomic projects. It's aimed at younger readers, so was probably more simplistic that it could have been, but it was rarely dumbed down so much as cut for time and space. I would particularly have liked to see the Manhattan Project scientists objections to dropping the first bomb included, but it really was a matter of space.

The scientific explanations were basic, but clear and detailed enough for lay readers to understand the challenges the scientists were facing. They often included useful diagrams.

Unfortunately, the German program was barely touched on. The book is trying to make the "race" to build the bomb exciting as possible, which more or less requires not mentioning that the Germans hadn't gotten past step one, and were really more interested in building rockets anyway, until after the fact. So less like a race, and more like a cricket match where the second team on the field isn't very good.
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review 2016-03-19 15:23
Great Pratchett Re-Read #5
Johnny and the Bomb - Terry Pratchett

One must wonder if Kristy and Hermoine are related. Pratchett's last installment in this series is about time travel, war, and cats.

Old Review - This Johnny Maxwell book, like the previous two, takes a serious issue and deals with it in a funny way while at the same time presenting something important. That's a rare talent. For Discworld fans, Greebo seems to make an appearance, or at least one of his relatives does.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-03-12 16:41
Cherry Bomb - Samantha Kane

Likeable characters and good story, however, not extremely engaging.  Dragged on a bit, unnecessarily.  Really couldn't believe how crappy friends John and Connor were to Brian and Evan.  Poor showing by the secondary characters.

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review 2016-03-03 00:32
Review: Barefoot Gen: Life After the Bomb
Barefoot Gen, Volume Three: Life After the Bomb - Keiji Nakazawa,Project Gen


The third book in the Barefoot Gen series, Life After the Bomb continues the horrific tale of post-nuclear Hiroshima and how one boy lived through it all. Trials abound in this third volume, the most memorable of which involves a new character, Seiji, whom Gen is given charge of. Life After the Bomb brings back some of the comic mischief that dominated the first volume and detracts, whether positively or negatively, from the grim story.

Life After... is a welcome addition to the Barefoot Gen storyline, although I did struggle placing this in context with the story's overall timeline. It seems so much time has passed, the family has mourned and roamed the countryside, many nights seemed to have elapsed, and yet, given Japan's announcement of surrender in this volume, only nine days have passed. This doesn't seem remotely possible and leaves me disconnected from the story some.

Also, it just dawned on me how ridiculously happy these covers are. It appears this is a happy tale, doesn't it, the way Gen is full of smile. That smile reflects nothing of the horrific images inside of these books.


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